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Selfie cell phone thief arrested in Lakeland

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Cell phone app takes selfie of woman who allegedly stole phone. Cell phone app takes selfie of woman who allegedly stole phone.
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LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) -

Lakeland Police have arrested the woman at the center of the “stolen phone selfie” case.

Diep Pham, 62, of Lakeland, was arrested around 4:40 p.m. Friday at her home. Pham is the woman in the photo that was snapped by the phone app Lookout, which had been downloaded and registered to the phone’s owner, Cathy Carter.

Tips started coming into police after the News Channel 8 story aired about the smart phone app that snapped a photo of Pham and emailed it to the phone's owner.

Carter was in the doctor's office July 17th and went back to her car to find her phone, a Samsung Galaxy Exhibit, missing. Later that day she received an email through the phone app Lookout, which is a security application that takes a photo of who tries to unlock your phone. Attached was a photo of a woman Carter recognized from inside the doctor's office.

"I remembered her because she was wearing the ugliest dress. All I could think is how ugly that green dress was," Carter said.

Because of privacy laws the doctor's office couldn't provide Carter any information on the woman's identity. However, Carter had the location feature on the app that gives her the area where the phone was.

A week later, Carter’s favorite phone has been found.

Pham is charged with petit theft and burglary. Friday evening she was headed to the Polk County Jail.

Meanwhile, detectives returned Carter’s phone to her.

“This is just awesome,” Carter said. "I can't thank channel eight enough. It’s the best one. I really do appreciate it."

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